Crime & courts

Cop Rap_es Breastfeeding Woman Who Had Come To Report

A JUNIOR police officer has been arrested for allegedly rap_ing a 30-year-old breastfeeding woman who had gone to the police station to report a gender-based violence (GBV) case.

Constable Shakemore Muzanechita (50), who is stationed at ZRP Karoi Urban, Saturday appeared before Karoi magistrate Godwills Mavenge charged with rap_e as defined in Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

The state case, led by Pazvichaenda Munakira, is that on Thursday 27 May 2021 at around 8pm, the woman proceeded to ZRP Karoi Urban charge office to file a report of physical abuse against her husband and found Muzanechita on duty.

The police officer attended the complainant but never recorded the matter in police books as is the procedure.

Muzanechita allegedly asked the woman who had her breastfeeding baby strapped on her back to accompany him to her residence to arrest her husband.

Upon arrival at the woman’s house in Chiedza suburb, they failed to locate the wanted person.

Muzanechita then instructed the woman to leave the one-and-half-year-old baby behind as they went on a search for her husband at nearby beer-drinking spots.

The court heard complainant initially refused but Muzanechita insisted on her accompanying him on the hunt, resulting in her giving in to the request. -Hararelive

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